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Sen. Cruz’s Proposed Change to Senate Health Care Bill Would Undermine Protections for Enrollees with Significant Health Care Needs

Matthew Fielder examines Senator Cruz’s proposed change to the Senate healthcare bill. (more…)

How the BCRA Would Impact Enrollee Costs, According to your Age

Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg find that the BCRA would increase total costs for lower-income enrollees in all age groups. (more…)

The Tension Between Traditional and Western Medicine

The tension between traditional and Western medical approaches may have large implications for global health. An evaluation of a hygiene information campaign in rural Pakistan shows that while people with weak traditional medical beliefs responded strongly to the program, people with strong beliefs did not. 

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 20

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

How Would the Senate’s Health Care Bill Affect Individual Market Premiums?

While many reactions to the CBO analysis focused on how the BCRA would affect insurance coverage, the bill’s effects on individual market insurance premiums have also received considerable attention.

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Changes to State Innovation Waivers in the Senate Health Bill Undermine Coverage and Open the Door to Misuse of Federal Funds

Under current law, section 1332 provides broad flexibility for states to waive key ACA provisions so long as health coverage is not jeopardized and federal deficits not increased. The changes in the Senate bill would upset this structure. (more…)

Like the AHCA, the Senate’s Health Care Bill Could Weaken ACA Protections Against Catastrophic Costs

Schaeffer Initiative Senior Fellow Matthew Fielder analyzes the potential effects of the Senate’s health care bill on essential health benefits and ACA protections against catastrophic costs. 

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Financial “Side Effects” of Medicare: Public Health Insurance and Household Portfolio Choices

In this post we discuss whether individuals experiencing a reduction in out-of-pocket medical expenses risk when they become Medicare eligible are more likely to invest in the stock market.

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 19

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

Follow The Money: The Flow Of Funds In The Pharmaceutical Distribution System

Any government intervention to control drug pricing should be predicated on a clear understanding of the economic forces that drive price increases, and the parties responsible for them. (more…)

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